As I write this, it is a typical Sunday afternoon in sunny coastal Southern California. The sun is shining and the is a nice breeze blowing in from the ocean, making this slightly run down section of Imperial Beach seem very comfortable.
The quiet afternoon doesn't last long. Soon after finding a parking place, I try to locate the source of the sound overhead. It is an F-18 on it's way back to Naval Station Coronade. A low-rider with open pipes and loud stereo follow soon after with a group of leather clad Harley Riders close behind. Sports cars, classic rods and a couple of VW Micro-buses cruise by. A man on a motorized beach cruiser is calling the man in the car that cut in front of him a dickhead. Just your average day at the beach.
Next, an ungodly roar fills the air. I look down the street to see a dusty, black convertible Mustang pull up to the crosswalk. This is not your pleasant little cruiser though. This....beast has a giant gaping hole in the hood. From that hole you can see a giant intercooler and supercharger piping along with its open serpentine belt. From all indications, this is Mad Max's weekend ride. Not a car for the meek. And through seeing this monster is how I am introduced to San Diego's Unique Mustangs Car Club.
It is probably more correct to say that this is how I met the rest of this club. As luck would have it, my next door neighbor is the founder of this club and the owner of the speed shop that modified all of the Mustangs in attendance today.
My neighbor is running a little late today because of a minor issue with one of his creations. Like all motor-heads they still have to abide by the old rule of customization. You can have reliability, beauty or speed, but never more than two of these at once. From what I can tell of the Unique Mustang Club, they have made their choice and speed is always going to be one of the two they choose.
Looking across of the parking lot of the taco shop where they have their little meet ups, you'll see plenty of extreme modifications, but the cars do run the gambit from Carlos' near stock desert sand 05 GT convertible to the beast I mentioned earlier. The one thing all of these cars have in common is that they do not run the expected v8's like you normally see at Mustang gatherings. No, these cars all run with highly modified v6's.
When I asked the various members about it, they seemed more than happy to share their distaste for the Ricer scene. No fat can exhausts for these guys. The V8's they think, have run their course and they believe the sixes are a way more fun and modern option. As Charles so delicately put it: “Why 6's? It's time for the rise of the 6. So the v8 clubs can kiss our asses.” Nice.
The cars were as interesting as the guys that drive them, and i hope to see a lot more out of the club. It has even more great potential than their beloved 6cls!
And now for a little eye candy:
I passed a new yellow Mustang yesterday and noticed a sticker in the window for Yellow Mustang Registry. Who knew...they have a separate registry/site just for owners of Yellow Mustangs.....8400+ vehicles registered.
Segmentation down to the color....amazing.
They do know that yellow has the worst resale value of any car color, right?
But I am all for getting behind your particular mode of fulfilling the automotive bug..and if color does it, all the better.